By 8:30 my Aleve had kicked in and my back was feeling better. I decided to go for a walk around the block.
|The horses and donkeys were still eating breakfast.|
|Looking north from the back driveway gate.|
|We are dipping into the 30s now at night so the liquidamber trees are responding.|
|Halfway up the road puts me directly across from our house, with the neighbors lot in between. That's our house and garage, their covered structure - an unfinished barn.|
|A bit further along the road. Our barn behind the neighbor's tack shed and the mountains behind. The ridge trail we sometimes ride is along the top of the ridge in the background.|
Continuing up the hill, I passed the adobe house so named because it is one of the earliest homes on the ranch. It is a true adobe house, with thick walls and no heating system other than a wood fire. In the winter I can see smoke coming from their chimney early in the morning as they revive the banked fire from the night before. Their property is decorated in an eclectic manner with old farm implements, a wagon, bicycles, a teepee and other odd bits scattered around.
After rounding the corner by their place, I went down the steep hill and then down our road. Back home again.
As I was getting ready to go down the hill and spend the day with Camille, Brett returned home. He drove all the way out to the training site, a good 50 miles each way, and no one was there. He called the lieutenant when he got there only to be told that they had cancelled the training. So, that was 100 miles of gas and time down the drain.
I got home late this afternoon, achy and tired. Brett had been killing himself cutting the weeds that are springing up everywhere. I suggested we go out to dinner. I'm too tired to cook and he's too tired to do dishes.
If it seems like there are a lot of homes for sale up here, it's because there are. The properties on our ranch soared to the top of the housing bubble and when it popped, a lot people were in serious trouble. Lots of foreclosures, lots of short sales, lots of deals in paradise.